HARROGATE’S Bill Hitchcock’s story is a pretty impressive one.
The former school teacher completed his first triathlon in 1990 and represented Great Britain in the 40-44 age group at the World Triathlon Championships on the Gold Coast in Australia.
However a combination of health problems and work commitments forced the athlete to curb his involvement in the sport.
A promotion at work curtailed any future races until October 1998 when Bill made a conscious decision to get fit and get back running again.
Now at the age of 60 he has been working in close conjunction with Harrogate-based personal trainer Byron Spence and set a goal of returning to action this summer.
After a steady start his training has built up in intensity over the last six months.
But just as everything was going to plan a number of niggling injuries put him back.
A mixture of massage and acupuncture have helped his progress enabling Bill to improve his mobility and have been able to recover more quickly from races and training.
He is now looking forward to the future with his number one objective is to qualify for the World Triathlon Championship in Beijing in September.
“That’s the real aim now,” said Bill.
“I’ve been training hard for it in the gym.”
He is half way to achieving that ambition as in 2010 I qualified for the next European sprint triathlon championships which will be held in Spain in June 2011.
“I’ve done three iron man races,” he added.
“I think I’ve got one more left in me.”